Strong Correlation Materials Research Team

Principal Investigator

PI Name Yasujiro Taguchi
Degree D.Eng.
Title Team Leader
Brief Resume
1993Researcher, SONY Corporation
1997Research Associate, University of Tokyo
2002D.Eng., University of Tokyo
2002Associate Professor, Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University
2007Team Leader, Exploratory Materials Team, RIKEN
2010Team Leader, Strong-Correlation Materials Research Team, RIKEN
2013Team Leader, Strong Correlation Materials Research Team, Strong Correlation Physics Division, RIKEN Center for Emergent Matter Science (-present)


Our team aims at obtaining gigantic cross-correlation responses, understanding their mechanisms, and developing new functions in strongly-correlated-electron bulk materials, such as transition-metal oxides. To this end, we try to synthesize a wide range of materials using various methods, including high-pressure techniques, and investigate their physical properties. Specific targets are: (1) exploration of new skyrmion materials; (2) obtaining gigantic magnetoelectric responses in mutiferroic materials at high temperatures; (3) exploration of new magnetic semiconductors; (4) exploration of new thermoelectric materials; and (5) obtaining gigantic magnetocaloric effect.

Research Fields

Physics, Engineering, Materials Sciences


Strongly correlated electron system
Thermoelectric effect
Magnetocaloric effect


Room-temperature skymion and transformation of skymion-lattice in metastable state

Skyrmion is a magnetic vortex with a nano-meter size which behaves as a topologically protected stable particle, and anticipated to be applied to high-performance magnetic memory devices. However, chiral-skyrmion formation has been observed only below 280 K thus far, and new materials that exhibit skyrmions at higher temperatures have been desired from the viewpoint of applications. Recently, our team discovered a Co-Zn-Mn alloy system with a cubic and chiral, b-Mn type structure that exhibits skyrmion-lattice at and above room temperature. Furthermore, it was found that the skyrmion lattice persists as a metastable state in a very wide range of temperature and magnetic field when cooled down from the thermally equilibrium phase in the applied magnetic field. It was also discovered that the skyrmion lattice undergoes a transformation from a conventional triangular lattice to a novel square lattice during the field-cooling process.

Transformation of skyrmion-latice.


Yasujiro Taguchi

Team Leader y-taguchi[at] R
Markus Wilhelm Bernhard Kriener Research Scientist markus.kriener[at] R

Kosuke Karube

Postdoctoral Researcher

Vilmos Kocsis

Postdoctoral Researcher

Akiko Kikkawa

Technical Scientist kikkawa[at] R

Satoshi Shimano

Visiting Scientist

Atsunori Doi

Visiting Technician

Andrey Nikolaenko

Visiting Scientist


  • Jan 06, 2017 RIKEN RESEARCH Sturdy skyrmions stack up
    A new form of low-power computing that uses miniscule magnetic whirlpools to store and process data is a step closer to becoming a reality
  • May 18, 2015 RIKEN RESEARCH Flicking the switch on spin-driven devices
    Compressing magnetically and electrically active crystals in one direction unlocks exotic spintronic switching activity
  • Mar 09, 2015 RIKEN RESEARCH Skyrmions get a sonic touch
    The use of sound waves to probe nanoscale magnetic whirls called skyrmions could help to develop next-generation memory and data storage technology


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